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Your brain is more than just a 3 pound mass in your skull. It controls the way you walk and move around in your everyday life. But why do you move the way you do? Our experts are here to answer this question and more!
The wonders of movement: how the brain controls how we move
Adrian Lai (Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University)
Humans and animals are capable of moving in extraordinarily different ways. Have you ever wondered how the brain is smart enough to do this? My research is focused on integrating sensors and computer simulations to work out what strategies your brain chooses to send signals to our muscles and move our joints in a coordinated manner. If we can understand these strategies, we can begin to explore the best treatment for movement-related disorders caused by disease and injury.
From sea to sky, it’s all about the input provided by the eye
Dan Marigold (Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University)
Whether out for a hike in the mountains or an evening stroll, navigating the world you live in requires that you deal with different terrain and a variety of objects. Typically, we direct gaze to ensure we obtain useful environmental information at the appropriate time. What factors influence this visual sampling strategy? How is this linked to the way we walk?